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Thrips palmi

Basic information
Scientific name Thrips palmi

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Common names Melon thrips
Higher taxon Thripidae, Thysanoptera, Insecta
Natural range Southeast Asia.
Habitat Parasite on various plants, in farm area.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Fukushima Pref. to central and western Japan. Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date The first record in Japan was in 1978 at Miyazaki Pref. The first record in Okinawa Pref. was in Mar 1980, on watermelon in Naha City.
Route Accidental: Possibly hitchhiking on agricultural seedlings.
Impact Damage on agriculture by predation of leaves and carrying viruses.
Native organism(s) affected: Various crops.
Regulation in Japan Thripidae thrips are assigned as Quarantine Pest (the Plant Protection law)
Introduced range in other countries Continental China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Sudan, Netherland, Canary Islands, USA (Florida), Caribbean Islands, Guyana, Hawaii, Guam, New Caledonia, Samoa, etc.
Reference Notes
  • Ecol Soc Jpn (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijinshokan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Kawai (1990) Pest management in greenhouse vegetable cultivation: management of Thrips palmi Karny. Plant Protection. 44, 341-344 (in Jpn)
  • Kawai (1993) Occurrence and control of Thrips palmi Karny in recent years. Plant Protection. 47(3), 112-114 (in Jpn)
  • Kawai (2001) Population management of the Thrips palmi Karny. Jpn J Appl Entomol Zool. 45, 39-59 (in Jpn with Englis abst)
  • Kohama & Takahara (2002) Exotic insects in Okinawa. Bull Okinawa Pref Mus. 28, 55-92 (in Jpn)
  • Plant Protection Station (2011) The Plant Protection Act. Quarantine Pest List. (Accessed on 2012-3-13) (in Jpn)
  • etc.
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